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Multifidelity Optimization Under Uncertainty for a Tailless Aircraft

TitleMultifidelity Optimization Under Uncertainty for a Tailless Aircraft
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsChaudhuri, A, Jasa, JP, Willcox, K, Martins, JRRA
Conference Name2018 AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference
Date Published01/2018
Conference LocationKissimmee, FL
Other NumbersAIAA 2018-1658

This paper presents a multifidelity method for optimization under uncertainty for aerospace problems. In this work, the effectiveness of the method is demonstrated for the robust optimization of a tailless aircraft that is based on the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle. Aircraft design is often affected by uncertainties in manufacturing and operating conditions. Accounting for uncertainties during optimization ensures a robust design that is more likely to meet performance requirements. Designing robust systems can be computationally prohibitive due to the numerous evaluations of expensive-to-evaluate high-fidelity numerical models required to estimate system-level statistics at each optimization iteration. This work uses a multifidelity Monte Carlo approach to estimate the first (mean) and second (variance) moments of the system outputs for robust optimization. The method uses control variates to exploit multiple fidelities and optimally allocates resources to different fidelities to minimize the variance in the moment estimates for a given budget. The results for the ScanEagle application show that the proposed multifidelity method achieves substantial speed-ups as compared to a regular Monte-Carlo-based robust optimization.

Citation KeyChaudhuri2018a